Entrepreneurship Competition
for Students | 5 - 15 August 2024

Register your team of 2 to 5 to learn how to build and present a high-growth scalable business concept. Pitch to the judges to win prizes from a pool of $10,000 + in-kind support from our ecosystem to help you take your project to the next level. Open to students and staff at the Australian National University, University of Canberra, University of New South Wales Canberra, CSIRO, Academy of Interactive Entertainment and Canberra Institute of Technology.

$10,000 cash and support to help you learn how to build a high-growth startup

Your chance to succeed alone are small. Use this opportunity to develop your teambuilding and team coordination skills.

Learn how to generate multiple ideas so that you can pick the one worth pursuing. Evolve the idea with the team, mentors and potential customers.

Showing is better than telling. Learn how to build minimal viable products by observing how users interact with the prototype of your solution.

Business models define the way you can make money on delivering your solution to your customers. Learn how to find the one that will fit your business.

Without customers, there is no business. Learn how to talk to customers before you build anything, to understand the market potential of your solution.

Even with customers with a problem, validated pricing and business model, your business can fail, if you do not learn how to tell its story to the key stakeholders. 

The real test comes when you deliver the short pitch on stage (virtually) and answer questions of the judges. Will you make it to the top 10 teams?

Throughout the program you will have access to innovation and business mentors. After the program, winners will be offered support from CBRIN.

Competition schedule

How much time do I have to commit and when?
Can I work with my team outside the scheduled sessions?

Here you can find a quick overview of what is involved for you to participate in InnovationACT intensive this year. We expect a really rapid progress - from start to finish in just 2 weeks! Do you have what it takes? Build a diverse team and try it. 

Orientation: 1 August 2024
12 - 1pm Ask questions


Mandatory for team captains. 30-60 minutes to get familiar with competition format and an opportunity to ask questions. 

Workshop 1: 5 August 2024
1pm - 3.30pm Ideation + Validation

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Finalise your team structure, develop a variety of ideas and learn how to test them with potential customers to select which ones to focus on.

Registrations close 5pm

Workshop 2: 8 August 2024 1pm - 3.30pm Business models & market tests

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Continue to learn how to validate your most promising ideas to see how they fit with a business model that can scale.

Workshop 3: 12 August 2024
1 - 3.30 pm Prototyping & pitch design

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How can you demonstrate the value of your solution to potential customers? Begin to build the story of your solution.

Workshop 4: 15 August 2024  
1 - 3.30 pm Pitch practice & feedback

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Great pitches come with practice. Practice. Practice. Practice. And get feedback you can use to improve your pitch!

Pitch Night: 28 August 2024
Pitch to judges

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The final event. Top 10 teams will be invited to live pitch to a panel of judges, answer their questions and receive prizes. 

Each workshop will consist of interactive activities from 1 to 3.30 pm. After each workshop, teams will have the opportunity to continue working on their ideas and progress.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an idea or project to participate?

Not at all! It's great if you have an idea or project already, but also completely fine if not. We'll allow plenty of time for you to meet other participants and come up with ideas.

Can I participate as a solo participant?

Unfortunately, no. Entrepreneurship is a team sport and we require that you have at least 2 members and a maximum of 5.

What if I don't have a team yet and want to meet others looking for a team?

Register as individual below and come to our online orientation session on August 1, 12pm-1pm, and we will leave time for people without teams to meet each other and potentially form teams. 

What are the eligibility requirements?

Each team must have a current ANU, UC, UNSW Canberra, CSIRO, AIE or CIT student or staff member active througout the entire competition.

What is the commitment?

We estimate the commitment to be 2 hours per week over the two week competition on top of the workshops, spent on working on your projects. Of course, keen innovators are able to put in more time if they want!

Will the workshops be recorded?

Unfortunately, due to the highly practical and hands on nature of the workshops, we are unable to record and share these. We understand that people can't always make every session, but to get the most out of the workshops to progress your entrepreneurial ideas, we encourage you to ensure that at least one other person from your team can attend in-person for all the workshops. CBRIN will not be facilitating a hybrid event on the day. 


Each team must have a current student or staff member (ANU, UC, UNSW Canberra, CIT or CSIRO) and you must have a team of between 2 and 5 members to register. By registering, you agree with the Rules of Engagement.

Individuals must register before 5 pm on 1 August 2024, with teams to be registered by 5pm on 5 August 2024. 

We acknowledge the Ngunnawal people as traditional custodians of the ACT and recognise any other people or families with connection to the lands of the ACT and region. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Canberra Innovation Network
Level 5
1 Moore St
Canberra  2601

Open from 9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM


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